Al-Ahli’s star striker Omar Al-Somah wants to stay at Al-Ahli despite fall-out with coach

Updated 11 April 2018
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Al-Ahli’s star striker Omar Al-Somah wants to stay at Al-Ahli despite fall-out with coach

  • Top-scorer stormed off after being hauled off against Al-Hilal
  • 'I will not leave Al-Ahli unless the administration and the fans are convinced that I cannot give any more.'

Syrian striker Omar Al-Somah has apologized and pledged his future to Al-Ahli after he reacted angrily to being substituted last week, but it remains to be seen whether he will start the league-deciding game with Ohod on Thursday.


Al-Somah caused a storm by reacting poorly to being substituted in the 70th minute of the big game with Al-Hilal on Saturday, storming straight past coach Sergiy Rebrov and down the tunnel. It has been reported the top-scorer has been banished from training this week.


The Syrian striker has since apologized via his SnapChat account for his actions and then gave a statement to MCB Sports show Action Ya Dawri.


“I made a mistake in my reaction to the coach Rebrov and I apologize to all Ahlawiya fans, but what was raised about my aggression with him was improper. I apologized to him and I repeat my apologies and I hope he accepts.”


Al-Somah has 11 goals this season, the second most in the Saudi Pro League, and he said he was hoping to partner substitute Muhannad Assiri — not be replaced by him — as Al-Ahli chased a goal that would have dramatically altered the title race.


“I was hoping not to replace the need for the team for a double prong attack, and all analysts have been surprised by this change, and do not know what the coach was thinking then,” said Al-Somah. “We needed to get to the goal and change the way we played. That’s what I was waiting for, like former coach Christian Gross, who was pushing two up-front when we were drawing in any game.”

 

Al-Somah has finished as the league’s top-scorer in the past three seasons and is contracted to the Jeddah club until 2020.


“I want to stay at Al-Ahli and the Saudi Pro League,” he said. “My relationship with the club is very strong. I cannot live outside Jeddah. I want to remain for the three years on my contract and I do not think about leaving. I will not leave Al-Ahli unless the administration and the fans are convinced that I cannot give any more.”


Al-Somah will be itching to start against bottom club Ohod on Thursday, especially as they have conceded 47 goals this season, but Rebrov must decide whether to put his faith in a player who made such a public show of disastisfaction, especially with the title on the line. Al-Ahli need to beat Ohod and hope Al-Hilal slip up against Al-Fateh.


Finch's century helps fire Australia to eight-wicket win over Pakistan

Updated 23 March 2019
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Finch's century helps fire Australia to eight-wicket win over Pakistan

SHARJAH: Aaron Finch's fine century drove Australia to a convincing eight-wicket win over a new-look Pakistan in the first one-day international on Friday.
The Austraian skipper scored 116 off 135 balls for his 12th one-day international century that helped his team overhaul the 281-run target in 49 overs on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch.
The win gives Australia the lead in the five-match series and has come on the back of their 3-2 series win in India earlier this month.
Finch's match-winning knock overshadowed Haris Sohail's maiden one-day hundred (101 not out) which helped Pakistan to 280-5 in their 50 overs.
The 32-year-old smashed Shoaib Malik for a huge six towards deep mid-wicket to complete his century -- his first since June last year against England at Chester-Le-Street -- off 120 balls.
Finch, who knocked four sixes and eight boundaries, added an innings-building 172 runs for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh who scored an unbeaten 91 off 102 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.
With 46 needed Finch became Mohammad Abbas's maiden wicket but Peter Handscomb hit 30 not out to help Marsh cross the line.
Finch and Marsh came together after opener Usman Khawaja fell for 24 to medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, the only other success Pakistan's new-look bowling attack could achieve.
Pakistan rested six of their key players including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30.
But the young and inexperienced Pakistan led by Malik proved no match for Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month.
Left-hander Sohail, who reached 1,000 runs in his 27th one-day international when on 40, anchored Pakistan's innings, adding 98 for the third wicket with Umar Akmal who made a 50-ball 48 in his first international match for two years.
Sohail took a single to complete his hundred in the last over, finishing with six boundaries and a six.
Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Abbas -- who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively.
Masood put on 35 in an opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq (17) before off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam in the seventh over, caught and bowled.
Masood, who hit five boundaries in his 62-ball 40, was then bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who finished with 1-38 in his 10 overs.
Umar smashed three sixes in one Jhye Richardson over but fell one short of his half century.
Malik fell for 11 and Ashraf and Imad Wasim scored 28 each.
Wasim hit four boundaries and a six during his 13-ball unbeaten knock, helping Pakistan to 55 runs in the last five overs.
Sunday's second ODI is also being played in Sharjah, with the third in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and the last two in Dubai (March 29 and 31).